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Top Ten Design Tips

Your guide to great design
  1. Try roman shades on bay windows. Its helps create a soft and elegant ambiance. If you use a neutral color shade, then they will be really versatile to work with many colors you may choose for accents in the rest of the room. Right now, I like to accent with bright tangerine and light stormy grey / macadamia nut cream color combinations of fabric pillows with neutral romans.
  2. You can help control light more with wooden blinds. You can help a space look more casual, and it is easy to tilt blinds to control the amount of light that comes in. Wood blinds also happen to very economical.
  3. denver-shuttersYou can help save your energy bill by using cellular shades. The insulation properties on these shades are also a lot higher when using with double honeycomb or Hunter Douglas Architella products. This can help keep the cool inside in the summer and the heat inside in the winter, and ultimately help you save a lot on your energy bill for heat and air-conditioning.
  4. When using faux or composite wood products, you can forget about any moisture or extreme sun issues. It creates the look of real wood without warping when you have moisture or extreme sun penetration. That’s why they would work perfect in any bathrooms. Shutters can be made in this durable material. I also recommend window tinting (or energy efficient glass coating) for Colorado windows in many residential and commercial settings.
  5. denver-draperies-custom-beddingSometimes one window grouping may have one two or three treatments on the same window – the finishing touches on a room could also include an accent pillow or bedding or chair cushion or upholstery. Coordinating privacy, functionality and decorative finishes can be tricky, so here are some ideas: Wood blinds with stationary ripplefold side panels mounted on a rod half way above the top of the window and the ceiling, or perhaps consider a decorative board mounted cornice board above the window that coordinates with a dust ruffle on the bed or a new bench seat cushion.
  6. When you have a room with soft colored walls, such as a light yellow, using white blinds will pop against the color. You can also add a soft sheer curtain over the top with a decorative pole to add a warm and inviting look.
  7. If you have a covered porch and want to keep the suns rays at bay, you can add sheer curtains or grommet top Sunbrella fabric draperies. They will flow in the breeze, and create an “up in the clouds” feel. There are so many great durable outdoor fabrics now in the marketplace that make decorating with fabric outside just as easy as the inside of the house.
  8. Decorative hardware has long been dominated by metallics and sparkle, but now it is starting to return to wood and natural textures. Bamboo tends to also be popular for its sustainable, environmentally-friendly quality. Textured shades using sustainable materials from around the world (like wood woven roman shades) are my most popular items right now.
  9. Simple, sleek lines continue to dominate window fashions. Creating silhouettes in a window lend to a clean, modern style – I love Hunter Douglas Silhouettes for a classic look and there is an awesome new product called Allure that allows light control in a unique way. A quick way to get a streamlined look is with panel-track systems (I like to ceiling mount this product framing a window) or just add a simple roller shade made out of a translucent SheerWeave material (with a cool stainless steel headrail) that allows your eye to focus on the outside while adding privacy and light control and easy to clean with mild soap and water – perfect for above a sink.
  10. If you want to add some spunk to a room, stripes and bold prints are the way to go. Patterns and graphic geometric shapes are becoming a lot more important in the in the designing process. This can add a lot pizazz to any window fashion. Having an experienced window fashion consultant into your home can open your eyes to the possibilities and also help you understand the costs so you can budget for what you really want to make your home your sanctuary that defines your personality – exactly right exactly you.